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HISSS Trailer

Posted in horror, movies, Trailer with tags , , , , on April 6, 2010 by goregirl

I watched this trailer for HISSS months and months ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my head! The film is noted on IMDB as a 2010 release, but no firm date has been posted yet. I am absolutely busting at the seams to see this one! An intriguing story, sexy and violent! A winning trio if you ask me! What do you think?

New Italian Horror! EATERS – Teaser Trailer

Posted in horror, Italy, movies, Trailer with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2010 by goregirl

Below is a teaser trailer for a brand spanking new Italian Zombie film! The names Marco Ristori and Luca Boni are attached to the project. Actors, Alex Lucchesi and Guglielmo Favilla are featured as two survivors of a zombie apocalypse. Don’t be afraid of the “Uwe Boll presents”, from what I understand, he neither produces nor directs ‘Eaters’. IMDB didn’t have a listing for the film and when I looked up Ristori and Boni, both had cinematography credits but not directing. Even though I really have no background information at this point I’m intrigued nonetheless! I’m personally digging the bleak yet amusing vibe of this teaser. What do you think?

DEMONS – The Dungeon Review! (1985)

Posted in horror, Italy, movies, Trailer with tags , , , , , , on January 7, 2010 by goregirl

‘Demons’ is definitely one of my favourite horror films from the 80’s. It’s demented, high-energy fun with lots of gore and wicked effects. And most importantly, it has some really freaking cool looking demons!

The plot is simple; a group of people are given passes to a screening of a horror film and become trapped inside the theatre with a bunch of demons. It’s not good being trapped with demons, but it sure is fun to watch!

The plot is paper-thin, the dialog is inane and some of the music is pretty painful. But these things just add to its charm! It’s basically a parade of expendable characters whose only purpose is to be transformed into demons. There are a few characters they focus on, like the two gals that are skipping school and hook up with two guys of like age. There is also the pimp and his two ladies, a blind man and his niece, and the odd quartet of bad ass punks who show up later in the film. There are tons of people to demonize inside the theatre already, but we are introduced to four outside characters. We follow the group as they drive around in a stolen car snorting coke from a coke can. Two of them begin fighting over the can and coke goes everywhere. The driver of the car goes berserk and they pull over to deal with it. They meticulously scrape up every last grain with razor blades. The loan female of the group still has a little “snow in the valley” and her buddy slowly scrapes up the coke from her cleavage getting closer and closer to her nipple. She’s digging it until he slips and cuts her. Cops approach the car while they are pulled over and the four make a run for it. A door to the theatre is open and they escape inside. More demon fodder!

There are a dozen scenes I could cite, but one of my favourites is early in the film. The first two people to get demonized are the prostitutes. One of them cuts her face when she tries on a mask on display in the lobby. The damn thing won’t stop bleeding so she goes to the bathroom to deal with it. Her friend goes to check on her and finds she has transformed into a hideous demon with big pointy teeth and giant claws gurgling green guck. After getting slashed she runs for her life and ends up on the other side of the movie screen. She comes busting through the screen, and to the audiences horror she begins to transform. You get to see, up close and personal, polished nails being pushed out in favor of nifty new gnarly claws. Then her teeth are pushed out to upgrade to some nice big pointy ones. A fat, ugly, snaky monster tongue comes whipping out of her mouth and of course she’s got the spooky demon eyes. Absolutely, positively perfection! The effects are impressive! This film is all about the visuals. The grand theatre is the perfect setting. The demon make up is top notch. There is a healthy helping of gore because demons like to bite, and slash and tear. Sometimes they like to push their claws into people’s eye sockets. There are gross puss explosions, and a classic ending involving a dirt bike, a sword and a helicopter falling through the roof that’s not to be missed! This film has it all! Don’t take my word for it! Check out the trailer!

There isn’t a single dull moment in the entire film. It gets to the point quickly and keeps the action going right through to its excellent finale. I could literally ramble on and on about this film but I’ll just summarize it by saying ‘Demons’ is a shitload of fun! A highly entertaining horror film that should be owned not rented. Highest of recommendations!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Lamberto Bava

Starring: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento, Paola Cozzo, Fabiola Toledo, Nicoletta Elmi

La maldición de la Llorona – THE CURSE OF THE CRYING WOMAN – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Mexico, movies, Trailer with tags , , , , , , on December 22, 2009 by goregirl

I thought the name Abel Salazar seemed familiar. He played the wacky Baron Vitelius in the 1962 film ‘Brainiac‘, which I reviewed back in September. It was released one year before ‘Curse of The Crying Woman’. Both films were made in Mexico, but that is about the only parallels I could draw. ‘Curse of The Crying Woman’ is a considerably more ambitious film in both plot and visuals. It is a dark gothic tale with a gooey folklore centre that is oh, so delicious!

Amelia accepts an invitation to visit with her Aunt Selma, whom she hasn’t seen in many years. Along with husband Jaime, they travel to her villa in the woods. Strange things begin to occur almost instantly upon entering her aunt’s home. Amelia is feeling uneasy, and realizes that her aunt is not the same woman she once knew. Aunt Selma shares with her the horrific story of the curse of the crying woman. She reveals to Amelia the hidden agenda behind her invitation. Amelia is to be the final sacrifice that will resurrect the powerful cursed woman. Only this woman can grant Selma the omnipotence she desires.

The opening scene of the film is great. We see Selma, possessed by the cursed woman, standing on the side of the road with some large dogs. Also standing nearby is Juan, her badly scarred and limping servant. Mist settles down around the bare trees and the silence is broken by the sound of a stagecoach. They cause the stagecoach to stop, and kill all three passengers and the driver. It’s a mighty opening scene full of mood and style. ‘The Curse Of The Crying Woman’ is filmed in beautiful black and white and has more mood and style than you can shake a candelabra at! The sets and props used throughout the film are perfect. Selma’s Mexican villa is extraordinary. It’s almost like a cave inside with its massive ceilings and adobe walls. I’ve never seen so many staircases! Wandering around this place is like playing a game of snakes and ladders! The most peculiar prop is the massive cast iron bell. It is the type of thing that would normally hang in a bell tower in a church. Every home should have one!

A quirky cast of characters nicely compliments the strange folklore storyline. It is the character of Selma that is the real showstopper. A striking older woman who exudes charm and elegance, but yet a cold aloofness. Her actions are calculated and precise and she handles her horrific tasks calmly with a steady sense of purpose. She may be crazy as a loon but the woman knows what she wants! We don’t really learn much about Juan, other than he is a faithful servant to his mistress. It is he who does much of her dirty work. The guy is strong as an ox but is burdened with a badly scarred face and one nasty limp. He is forced to go up and down the homes numerous staircases, and it is almost painful watching him get around. But like Selma, he is a man with purpose. There is also a third person living in the house with Juan and Selma. They keep him locked up and give him a good whipping when he needs it. You’ll learn more about him when you watch the film. He doesn’t have much to say, but he definitely has a bone to pick with Juan and Selma. Finally we have Amelia and Jaime our newly married couple. The lovely Amelia spends most of the film being horrified and husband Jaime is the voice of reason in a most unreasonable situation.

I was really impressed with Selma’s makeup in the film. When she is possessed, her eyes go black, which is pretty cool. But they do an effect with the skin around the eyes that makes her look bug-like, or alien-like. The final result is fantastic! I thought Juan and locked up mystery man’s makeup also looked good. There are neat effects with a mirror that work well. A terrific flashback sequence relating to the curse had a wonderfully dream-like vibe that is masterfully done. Overall, the effects in the film are very good, but their limited budget does show through in a couple scenes. Most notable is a scene near the end when the house is falling apart. They cut back and forth to the action inside the house and then outside it, to show the extent of the damage. It looked kind of cheesy, but even this scene is not completely without its charms.

It’s a rich but simple folklore yarn of witchcraft, curses and evil. With wonderful sets, interesting characters, and creative effects, the sinister mood will keep you mesmerized. If you love the black and white gothic horror of the 1960’s than you have to seek out this little gem from Mexico. Highly recommended!

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Rafael Baledón

Starring: Rosa Arenas, Abel Salazar, Rita Macedo, Carlos López Moctezuma, Enrique Lucero, Mario Sevilla

Horror Happenings For December

Posted in horror, movies, Trailer with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2009 by goregirl

What a bleak selection of horror films coming out this month! Where is all the horror?! There are a couple of big Sci-Fi selections coming out on DVD including ‘Terminator Salvation’ today (December 1st) and ‘District 9’ on December 22nd. This month in the dungeon we’re saying screw new releases!

After Thursday’s review of ‘Monster Squad’ I will be reviewing only classics for the rest of the month of December. Well, actually, they won’t all be “classics”, but every last one will be a horror film released before 1970.

For your review, here are the horror selections coming to theatres and your local video store in December…

Cheers!
Goregirl

DECEMBER 4th

Transylmania – IN THEATRES
Directed By: David Hillenbrand, Scott Hillenbrand
Starring: Patrick Cavanaugh, James DeBello, Tony Denman, Paul H. Kim, Jennifer Lyons, Oren Skoog
“Euro-trashed! Euro-smashed! Euro-slashed!”
Spoof horror in which a group of college kids do a semester abroad in Romania and realise that if the partying doesn’t kill them, the vampires just might!
Goregirl’s Consensus: Could be fun, but not theatre price fun. I’ll wait for the DVD.

DECEMBER 8th

Walled In
Directed By: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Starring: Mischa Barton, Cameron Bright, Deborah Kara Unger, Noam Jenkins, Eugene Clark
Recent engineering graduate Sam Walczak (Mischa Barton) travels to the middle of nowhere to supervise demolition of the mysterious Malestrazza Building. She soon comes face to face with the horrifying secrets of the building and its past inhabitants, many of whom were entombed alive within the walls of the pristine building by its obsessed architect. As Sam begins to unravel the clandestine details of the architect’s life and his astonishing building, she is drawn into the dark and frightening reality which forces her to accept her own dark past and turn the tables before she becomes the last victim.
Goregirl’s Consensus: The plot summary doesn’t really grab me. Smells like been there done that. A possible rental when it comes off the new release wall.

Red Mist
Directed By: Paddy Breathnach
Starring: Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Carter, Stephen Dillane, Andrew Lee Potts, Alex Wyndham
A young doctor in a US hospital administers a powerful and untested cocktail of drugs to a coma victim. But instead of curing him, it triggers a powerful “out-of-body” experience and enables the patient, a depraved and dangerous loner to inhabit other people’s bodies and, through them, take revenge on the bullying medical students who were accidentally responsible for his condition. The doctor, who was herself a part of this group, is also targeted and as her colleagues are singled out and relentlessly picked off, she realises that she can trust no-one, friend or stranger as this comatose killer moves in and out of bodies at will, getting ever closer as his murderous supernatural powers increase.
Goregirl’s Consensus: I was not too impressed with Breathnach’s film ‘Shrooms’. I gave it a failing grade, but there were a few entertaining moments. Read the review here. I am somewhat curious, but will probably wait until it is off the new release wall.

Carriers
Directed By: Alex Pastor, David Pastor
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp, Christopher Meloni, Kiernan Shipka, Ron McClary, Mark Moses, Dylan Kenin, LeAnne Lynch
Determined to elude a deadly virus, Danny, his brother Brian, his girlfriend Bobby and Danny’s school friend Kate speed across the Southwestern U.S. to reach a place of possible safety. Over the course of four days, the group is faced with moral decisions that no human should ever be forced to face. They discover that their greatest enemy is not the microbe attacking humanity, but the darkness within themselves.
Goregirl’s Consensus: This one interests me. Looks like there could be some gore. Check out the trailer.

The Skeptic
Directed By: Tennyson Bardwell
Starring: Tim Daly, Tom Arnold, Zoe Saldana, Andrea Roth, Edward Hermann, Robert Prosky, Bruce Altman, Sara Weaver, Chris Silpigno, Lea Coco
Power-lawyer Bryan Becket is hard-pressed to believe anything that he can’t immediately explain. After his aunt’s mysterious death, he ignores reports that the elderly woman’s Victorian mansion is haunted, and moves in. Strange things start to happen in the old house, and Becket senses that there is some connection there to his troubled, violent past. When familiar ghosts start to reveal themselves, Becket turns to a coy medium and his loyal friend to help him explain the unexplainable.
Goregirl’s Consensus: Ghost stories made in North America just haven’t been doing it for me these days. This is the first I’ve heard of this title and I have to tell you, Tim Daly and Tom Arnold’s names are scaring me off more than the ghosts. I’m Unlikely to see this one, but who knows maybe I’ll catch it on TV if I ever get cable again.

DECEMBER 11th

The Lovely Bones – IN THEATRES
Directed By: Peter Jackson
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci
A young girl raped and murdered by a neighbour, watches over her family and her killer in the afterlife. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.
Goregirl’s Consensus: I enjoy Mr. Jackson’s films. I might actually go to see this at the theatre.

DECEMBER 15th

Psycho Ward
Directed By: Patrick McBrearty
Starring: Ryan Barrett, Jacqueline Betts, Nicole Bonin, Liam Card, Tim Clarke, Sabrina Couture
While on a research outing, a group of urban explorers get more than they bargained for when they visit the site of an abandoned mental hospital and discover it’s hiding a terrifying secret. Trapped in this giant prison, they start to disappear one by one. Their only chance to escape is to put together seemingly random clues, avoid a killer, and use their unique skills to survive.
Goregirl’s Consensus: Urban explorers? Mental hosptials abandoned or otherwise are creepy. Yet most films I’ve seen that take place in asylum’s seem to suck. Might be a rental when it is off the new release wall.

DECEMBER 22nd

Ghost Machine
Directed By: Chris Hartwill
Starring: Sean Faris, Rachael Taylor, Luke Ford, Joshua Dallas, Sam Corry, Richard Dormer, Jonathan Harden, Halla Vilhjálmsdóttir
In a special government facility, a group of candidates are selected to participate in a virtual reality training program. However, once the team is plugged in they encounter a deadly force that is set on destroying the team, one at a time. Now the team is being hunted by a ruthless killing machine and their survival skills will be put to the test.
Goregirl’s Dungeon: A killing machine huh? Sounds like trouble to me. A big maybe, but will probably wait for it to come off the new release wall.

DECEMBER 29th

A Perfect Getaway
Directed By: David Twohy
Starring: Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez, Marley Shelton, Chris Hemsworth
Two pairs of lovers (Zahn & Jovovich, Olyphant & Sanchez) on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.
Goregirl’s Consensus: I sure wasn’t going to pay theatre price for this baby but I just might rent it while it is still a new release rental.

Jennifer’s Body
Directed By: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris
“She’s evil… and not just high school evil.”
A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?
Goregirl’s Consensus: I was tenatively getting passes to the sneak preview of this film, and when that fell through I couldn’t bring myself to pay theatre price. Now I’m not sure I even want to pay new release rental price. A definite maybe.